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2017 Rodeo All-Star Champions

[ meet the champions ]

Seth Hardwick

Bareback Riding

Hometown: Laramie, WY
Age: 28
Association: PRCA
About: Placed in seven rounds at the 2015 Wrangler NFR, ending up 3rd in the world standings. Approximately $400,000 in PRCA career earnings.  Graduated from Oklahoma Panhandle State University (Goodwell) with a bachelor’s degree in business management and finance.  [read more]


Ivy Conrado

Barrel Racing

Hometown: Hudson, CO
Age: 22
Association: WPRA
About: Qualified for the Wrangler NFR for the first time in 2016, ranked 4th going in.  2016 was a big year for Ivy, starting off with 2nd place finishes at Denver and San Antonio. Her mare, “Tibbie,” was named 2016 AQHA/WPRA Barrel Racing Horse of the Year.
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Ty Parkinson - Bull Rider

Corey Bailey

Bull Riding

Hometown: Paris, TN
Age: 25
Association: IPRA
About: Four-time qualifier to the Championship Bull Riding World Finals. Got on his first bull at age 10. Won multiple state titles in junior high school and high school rodeo. Went pro after high school and has excelled on the CBR stage.

Clay Elliott

Saddle Bronc Riding

Hometown: Nanton, Alberta
Age: 22
Association: PRCA
About: Joined the PRCA in 2014 and competed at his first Wrangler NFR in 2016.  Graduated from Panhandle State University in Goodwell, Okla., with a degree in animal science last June. While there, he qualified for the College National Finals Rodeo twice, earning the championship in 2015.  Won the saddle bronc at the Canadian Finals Rodeo in 2016.


Justin Thigpen

Steer Wrestling

Hometown: Waycross, GA
Age: 34
Association: IPRA
About: 2016 IPRA World Champion All-Around Cowboy, Tie-Down Roping World Champion and Team Roping (heading) World Champion.  Owns T-T Rodeo Company, and produces 10-12 rodeos per year.


Clayton VanAken & Cullen Teller

Team Roping

Clayton – Laramie, WY;
Cullen – Pierce, CO
Association: PRCA
About Clayton: Back-to-back Rodeo All-Star Champion in 2016, 2017. Graduated from University of Wyoming where he obtained an undergraduate degree in farm and ranch management with a minor in finance.  Goal is to become a college rodeo coach and integrate that with his growing roping cattle business.

About Cullen:  Back-to-back Rodeo All-Star Champion in 2016, 2017


Blake Ash

Tie-down Roping

Hometown: Aurora, MO
Age: 32
Association: IPRA
About: 2017 IFR Champion


2017 Rodeo All-Star Champions!